Luxtripper Travel Editor
Alicia and I loved every moment spent at this beautiful hotel. Discover it for yourself!
After being comfortably transported from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Airport to the bustling city of Bangkok, we were pleasantly surprised when the sounds of the city dimmed and were replaced by gentle birdsong as our driver turned into The Siam. We were warmly greeted by many members of The Siam’s team whom all were wearing face masks, including Nick the General Manager who kindly and personally led us through the bright and airy hotel to Gub, our butler, who then took us to our beautiful Suite.
The Siam holds just 39 keys to a collection of suites and villas spread across three acres of lush greenery overlooking Bangkok’s Chao Praya River. Our butler Gub let us into our suite and we were blown away by the sheer size of our space (80sqm), along with its lofty ceilings, freestanding bathtub, twin vanities and living area – not to mention its decadent Art Deco design led by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley. Our tip: If you arrive early be sure heed your butler's advice and enjoy breakfast in your suite, the Thai rice porridge will instantly revive you after the long flight.
As we mentioned, The Siam occupies an enviable location on the Chao Praya River, which it takes full advantage of with its river boat service. Sit back with a cocktail and simply take in the view at sundown or use this experience to visit Bangkok’s cultural highlights or the ICONSIAM, the city’s most glamorous shopping mall. Once we were free to explore the hotel, we loved discovering its greenhouse-like foyer, infinity pool, tranquil spa, cinema and observing the thousands of antiques and unique pieces of Thai history that decorate every inch of the hotel.
As soon as we sat down in our suite our butler Gub asked 'have you had breakfast, yet?’, a question echoed to us many times across the hotel that same morning and for a good reason: the breakfast at The Siam is incredible and a completely necessary part of one’s stay. They’re famed for their Lobster Hash, but we loved their Thai dishes – be daring and try some too! A seat at their riverfront restaurant Chon Thai for dinner shouldn’t be skipped either if you want authentic cuisine, thoughtful cocktails and serene river views.
This hotel really is unlike any other one that we’ve experienced in Bangkok. The serene resort-like setting and intuitive world-class service the staff offer will have you questioning whether you’re staying in the city at all. We also discovered many experiences that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere including a charming cinema room, Muay Thai boxing ring and Sak Yant traditional tattooing service administered by a Buddhist monk, which when paired with the river boat service makes The Siam very special.
Anyone thinking of travelling to Thailand right now has potentially come across the Thailand Pass, read about it and left feeling a little bit confused about what is needed in order to obtain one. The Thailand Pass is necessary for travel to Thailand right now, so our team members underwent the process of applying for it and travelling to Thailand, and we’re here to share that it was ultimately a very easy and pleasant experience.
As of April 2022, fully vaccinated British Citizens need the following for the Thailand Pass:
Vaccination certificate (can be obtained online via the NHS)
Travel insurance covering COVID-19 with a minimum $20,000 coverage
Confirmed SHA+ hotel booking for Day 1 of your trip with RT PCR test, airport transfer and an Antigen (lateral flow) test for Day 5 included.
It's important not to feel intimidated by this list. Much of it you will already have in order to travel (a passport, flights, travel insurance and a hotel booking) and will simply need adapting to ensure it all adheres to the rules, and our Luxury Travel Specialists are here to help with the process and answer all your questions regarding this. If you’re looking for a comfortable and beautiful hotel that satisfies the criteria above, let us share with why The Siam Bangkok is our number one choice. Our Tip: Print all of your documents and keep them in your hand luggage.
Our stay at The Siam included an airport transfer, Day 1 RT-PCR test (rapid option with 3-hour turn-around time) and Antigen test to take away with us for Day 5, the results of which you log yourself on the Morchana app which you download onto your device.
From start to finish we were impressed with how well executed everything was. Our private airport transfer was swift and very comfortable, and the staff at The Siam always wore face masks. Our Day 1 RT-PCR test was administered in our Suite soon after we arrived, and we enjoyed breakfast in there while we waited for the results (you are not permitted to leave until you receive a negative result), which only took 2 hours. As we explored the hotel, we spotted hand sanitiser stations embedded so well into the hotel’s scenery that it looked like they had always been there and returned to our room to find our butler had even printed copies of our test results for us.
The Siam went above and beyond to ensure our stay with them was unforgettable for all of the right reasons. After not being able to travel for two years, it was comforting to know that all Covid-19 precautions were taken seriously and executed professionally.
Now that we have returned to the UK after two hot and sunny weeks in Thailand, we can’t wait to head back. If you’re ready to travel, get in touch with our Thailand Travel Specialists to let us book your perfect stay at The Siam, Bangkok.